Tag Archive: Desktop


How to send texts from your desktop using Android Messages

06Last month, Google started rolling out “Messages for Web” support for all Android users.

While Apple iPhone owners have long been able to use iMessages on Mac, Android users are only now getting a similar functionality. Basically, the new tool allows to send text messages from any web browser, so you don’t have to keep reaching for your phone.

Over the years, Google launched a number of messaging apps, but none proved too popular. With Android Messages, which is the  [Read More…]

Turn your phone into a desktop PC with the $57 Samsung DeX Station

Try a new experience.

The Samsung DeX Station Desktop Experience is down to $ 57 on Amazon, which is the lowest price we’ve ever seen. It has been selling between $ 80 and $ 86 for the last few months and hasn’t dropped below $ 70 until now.

This device converts your smartphone into a desktop. It works with plenty of models including the Galaxy Note8, S8 and S9, and the Plus versions. It has a built-in  [Read More…]

Android Messages for web desktop site is now live

The service isn’t working quite yet, but we’re getting somewhere.

In late-April, Google’s plans for turning Android Messages into something of an iMessage competitor were revealed. There are a lot of moving parts with this effort, but one of the big ones appears to finally be coming to light — desktop messaging.

If you head to messages.android.com, you’ll see a new website with a large bit of text saying you can “Text on your computer with Messages  [Read More…]

Action Launcher v37 adds powerful ‘desktop shortcuts’ and Android P UI

Formatting for the Pixel Launcher’s layout is also enabled by default.

The v37 update for Action Launcher is making its way to the Play Store right now, and as always, developer Chris Lacy has a handful of new features for us to geek out over.

The biggest change this time around is something called “desktop shortcuts.” When enabled, you can hold down on any blank part of your home screen to bring up desktop shortcuts and  [Read More…]

Google Drive gets an updated desktop UI to match the new Gmail

The new look is rolling out to all users now.

Late last month, Google started rolling out one of the biggest redesigns we’ve ever seen for the Gmail desktop site. Just a couple of weeks later, Google Drive is now getting similar treatment.

Announced in the G Suite Updates blog, Drive is getting this new look to better align itself with the visual changes we’ve been seeing in a bunch of Google’s apps, such as Gmail, News,  [Read More…]

Google Pay now available on the web via desktop and iOS

Available in Chrome, Safari, and Firefox.

Since Google Pay started replacing Android Pay last February, we’ve seen steady expansions of the service. Google added transit passes in March, and now it’s expanding to the web on desktop and iOS.

Google Pay was previously available to use on websites via Android, but up until now, couldn’t be accessed on your computer, iPhone, or iPad. Now, however, Google says that Google Pay will work in Chrome, Safari, and Firefox  [Read More…]

What’s the current desktop setup at your home/office?

Sharing time!

Even though we spend most of our time talking about Android and the mobile gadgets they power here on AC, there’s always something to be said about a great desktop setup. As someone who’s been working from home for just about two years, I’ve quickly learned that the perfect combo of monitors, desk, office chair, etc. can go a long way in making the 9-5 grind far more enjoyable.

James Falconer, an Android Central Community  [Read More…]

This is an early look at Gmail’s new design for desktop

Gmail for the modern era.

In the “coming weeks”, Google will introduce a huge redesign for Gmail. Something along these lines is long overdue, and thanks to recently shared screenshots, we now have an early glimpse at what Gmail’s new desktop interface will look like.

Obtained by The Verge, these screenshots reveal that Gmail’s new aesthetic lines up nicely with the design language found in a lot of Google’s other apps. Corners are rounded, there’s a hamburger  [Read More…]

Upgrade your storage space with the $80 WD Elements 4TB desktop hard drive

Save all the data!

The WD Elements 4TB desktop hard drive is down to $ 79.99 on Amazon. That’s $ 20 off its normal price and a match for the lowest we’ve ever seen.

If 4TB is too much or you need something to take out and about, you can get the 2TB drive for just $ 58.49 right now. That’s the portable version and a great deal.

The desktop drive is simply plug-and-play. It uses USB  [Read More…]

Chrome Remote Desktop: Everything you need to know

Chrome Remote Desktop is a great, free way to remotely access a computer.

I have an unusual computer setup: I have a super powerful desktop at home and I carry a Chromebook with me when I’m out and about. The system has served me well over the past year, but there are times when I’m on the go and I need to tap into my extra power at home. This is where Chrome Remote Desktop comes into  [Read More…]